New Lynn Electorate

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Deborah Russell – LABOUR

Deborah Russell is standing for Labour in New Lynn.

More kids on bikesCurrently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

Yes. We can do it by education and encouragement, but it would be even better to make sure that we have the right infrastructure in place. That means advocating for more and better cycleways.

 

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

Advocate for increased funding for bike paths, and for organisations such as the local EcoMatters Bike Hub which help people to buy and maintain bikes. I will also advocate for cycling to be an integral part of any traffic planning, and any urban development. We should build in space for cyclists right from the start.

 

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

I think that dedicated bike paths are the most obvious thing to do. We also need to work on educating motor vehicle drivers about sharing the road. But we should design for human beings as they are, not some kind of perfect human being. People will get frustrated by congestion, and everyone makes mistakes sometimes. I think that building a rapid transit system across Auckland would help in all sorts of ways, partly by taking individual vehicles off the roads, and partly by reducing congestion and thus frustration, and ultimately, fewer accidents. We also need to think about the design of our roads and cycleways and footpaths, so that they have more tolerance for error.

 

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

I don’t have one yet, because I’m hoping that we will be able to get the funding to get the Whau walkway and cycleway completed.  When that’s done, that will definitely be my favourite place to cycle.


Leilani Tamu – GREENS

Leilani Tamu is standing for the Green Party in New Lynn.

More kids on bikesCurrently only 2% of Kiwi kids ride a bike to school. Is lifting this number a priority? If so, how will we get there?

Absolutely, this is a top priority for my party across the country, in Auckland and in the electorate that I’m standing in – New Lynn. Investing in infrastructure that will support and promote children walking, cycling and riding their scooters to school is a critical part of our Green Party Transport Plan. When in government we will a) reduce the speed limit outside of urban schools to 30km/h, b) reduce the speed limit outside of rural schools to 80km p/h with the option to reduce this to 30 km p/h during peak school drop off and pick up times, c) allocate $50m a year for four years to build modern, convenient walking and cycling infrastructure around schools, d) get half of all children walking or cycling to school by 2022.

 

Bike-friendly citiesWhat would you do to make it easier for Aucklanders (in your electorate, and beyond) to choose bike travel?

First and foremost we are going to invest in affordable, accessible and efficient public transport throughout the Auckland region which will help to reduce congestion and get cars off the roads – making it safer and easier for cyclists. We will do this by fast tracking approximately $4b worth of public transport projects as part of the Congestion Free Network by deferring a number of low-value, non-urgent motorway projects. Secondly, we know that 1 in 3 cars during peak hours are dropping off or picking up children from school – we are going to reduce this by introducing a Green Card which will make public transport for under 19s free.

 

Safer streetsHow would you make streets (in your electorate and beyond) safer for everyone who uses them, including those on bikes?

In the New Lynn electorate I would like to see more investment in terms of the safety of our existing cyclelanes and cycleways via better lighting at night, cycle-way barriers/dividers on main roads and intersections and better signage which prioritises cyclists before motorists (e.g. at our major intersections and pedestrian crossings – e.g. Portage Road and Tiverton Road & Titirangi Road & Great North Road).

 

Fave place to rideWhere’s your favourite place to ride a bike in Auckland?

Devonport 🙂


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